Demian Maia Discusses Tomorrow’s UFC Fight Night 29 Fight With Jake Shields
Posted by Larry Csonka on 10.08.2013
A big welterweight battle…
- Demian Maia recently spoke about tomorrow's fight with Jake Shields. Here are the highlights…
On The first Time He Fought in Jose Correa Arena: "I was totally the underdog. I was just a guy from jiu-jitsu. A friend of mine was doing this event called the Super Challenge, and he said, 'Do you want to do this event?' I said, 'No! Look, there are guys with 15 fights, 20 fights. I have like two fights. How can I win this?'"
On Getting to the UFC: "When I got into UFC, it was an unbelievable feeling," Maia said. "When I got inside the cage, 'Big' John McCarthy – a guy who I was watching back when Royce Gracie was fighting – was the referee. I was able to earn a quick submission win. It was perfect."
On Fighting Jake Shields: "Jake is the toughest jiu-jitsu guy I've ever fought, so I'm curious to see how we're going to do," Maia said. "Everybody that I fight always avoids jiu-jitsu. I don't think Jake will do that, so it's interesting for me."
On Living His Dream: "I just looked at the arena and tried to think about the day of the fight," Maia said. "I think half of the people that will be there are my friends and I know them personally, so it will be nice. The pressure is much bigger now, but at the same time I'm more comfortable. I don't need to work as a jiu-jitsu teacher. I can just focus on my career and my family. That was my dream."